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KANSAS CITY, KANSAS - MAY 02: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Buschy McBusch Race 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 02, 2021 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS - MAY 02: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Buschy McBusch Race 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 02, 2021 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Martin Truex Jr. Starting at Rear of Field at Atlanta

Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota failed pre-race technical inspection twice ahead of Sunday’s Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Because of that, Truex will start from the rear of the field.

When talking to reporters Sunday afternoon, Truex said, “Coming from the back is never easy, but at a place like this — if you have to go to the back, you want it to be a place where it’s multiple grooves, got a wide racetrack that you can move around on. If we hit it right and our car is good, we should be able to do it.”

Truex was originally scheduled to start from fifth position.